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Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM

Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.

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The California Report | Oct 19, 2015 8:50 AM
5 Years After Brutal Murder, Napa Hospital Seeks to Balance Treatment With Security

California has five state mental hospitals, where most of the patients are sent by criminal courts. Napa State Hospital has struggled for years to create a safe environment for staff and patients. It was five years ago this week that an employee there was brutally murdered by a psychiatric patient. NOTE: This piece contains language some may find upsetting.

The California Report | Sep 16, 2015 8:50 AM
Ronald Reagan Is a GOP Icon, But Would He Win the 2016 Nomination?

Republican candidates for president will square off Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. It's been a quarter century since Reagan left the White House, and still, no person is more beloved by Republicans. But his record as president and governor of California for that matter are a bit out of sync with today's GOP.

The California Report | Sep 11, 2015 4:30 PM
Ronald Reagan Is a GOP Icon, But Would He Win the 2016 Nomination?

On Wednesday night, the 15 Republicans running for president will gather at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley for their second debate of the campaign. It's been a quarter century since Ronald Reagan left the White House -- and still, no person is more beloved by Republicans. But in his eight years as president, Reagan did and said the kinds of things that many Republicans running for president today vigorously criticize.

The California Report | Sep 1, 2015 8:50 AM
9th Circuit Weighs Constitutionality of California's Death Penalty

It's been nearly a decade since California executed a death row inmate. Now, a federal appeals court is considering whether those long delays amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

The California Report | Aug 28, 2015 4:30 PM
Monterey Bay Aquarium: The Origin Story

Scott Shafer talks to one of the founders of the aquarium, Dr. Steve Webster, who brings us back to the beginning of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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